31 climate activists charged after 60 hours of oil terminal closure in Scotland


British police have arrested and charged 31 climate activists from a group called Just Stop Oil, which closed the Scottish oil terminal for about 60 hours.

The protests at the Nustar Clydebank facility in West Dunbartonshire began around 4:10 am on May 3, but have now ended, Scottish police said on May 6.

“31 people were arrested and charged in connection with a number of crimes,” the unit said.

Just Stop Oil supporters blocked access to the facility on May 3 by climbing onto a tanker and locking the entrance. Some activists entered the oil terminal and sat down in pipes or silos to shut down.

Activists said the British government is taking action in support of their request to end all new oil and gas projects in the country.

When the protests ended, the group said on Twitter that it lasted 60 hours and was the “longest” occupation of the oil facility.

According to Scottish police, 15 of the arrested activists were charged with breach of the peace and 16 were charged with violating the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order and Doctrine section related to alleged intrusion and malicious mischief. I did.

Assistant Commissioner Lynn Ratcliff said:

“This means protecting the rights of those who wish to protest or oppose peacefully, while balancing the rights of the wider community.”

It was the first action of its kind in Scotland since Just Stop Oil began blocking fuel terminals in southeast England and Midland on April 1, leading to the arrest of more than 1,000 people.

The British government said its commitment to the North Sea’s strong oil and gas industry would be affected by protests.

A government spokesman said: Doing so would jeopardize energy security and UK employment and simply increase foreign imports without reducing demand.

“We are working on a strong North Sea industry as we move away from expensive fossil fuels over the next few decades. Recent UK energy security strategies are long-term plans to increase cheap renewable and nuclear energy. Has been established. “

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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